Furoshiki fabric wrapping

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 06 Mar, 2017

If you're looking to mix up and truly test those gift-wrapping skills, furoshiki fabric wrapping is the technique for you! Try this traditional Japanese wrapping method, and add personalised colours and stencils to truly wow the recipient.

1. The overall size of the fabric will depend on the size of the gift you are wrapping. For best furoshiki results, and when covering a square object, ensure that you're working with a square of fabric. We’ve wrapped the largest Bare Basics square nesting box and used a lightweight piece of calico measuring 60cm square. However, if you’re wrapping a larger gift, the overall dimensions will need to be increased.

2. Create a star-patterned stencil from acetate Xcut Xtra sheets, cutting apertures with various sizes of star nesting dies. Hold the dies in place with craft tape to ensure they stay exactly where you want them as they pass through the Xpress machine. Remove the protective fi lm from the acetate and stick double-sided tape to the back of the design.

3. Position the stencil on one of the bottom corners of the fabric and paint through the gaps with a Capsule Geometric fabric paint – we opted for sky blue. To get a nice, crisp edge, gently press down on the stencil as you apply the paint, ensuring that it doesn't seep underneath and smudge the design. A stencil brush works best for this, but if you don’t have one just cut the bristles on a standard brush so that they’re straight.

4. Work your way across and then up the fabric. We’ve created an ombré effect on our furoshiki – to do this, add pearlescent white fabric paint to you colour of choice, lightening it gradually as you make your way upwards. Once complete, leave to dry and wrap your box.

How to... wrap the box

1. Place the piece of fabric (patternedside-down) on a flat surface in a diamond shape. Position the box in the middle

2. Take the top and bottom corners and cross them either side of each other, twisting so that the ends are pulled sideways.

3. Fold the two remaining corners inwards and tie each to the closest twisted corner – fixing in place with a double knot.

Project and how-to instructions by Aisha Green. Project originally published in the October issue (75) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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